Donald Trump: Shimon Peres a ‘Friend of Peace-Loving People Everywhere’

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 18: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally on August 18, 2016 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trump continues to campaign for his run for President of the United States.(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty …
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Haaretz reports: Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took time off from campaigning on Wednesday to eulogize former Israeli President Shimon Peres on the day of his death.

Republican presidential candidate Trump lauded Peres as “a consummate statesman, a distinguished patriot and a friend of peace-loving people everywhere.”

“With his hand outstretched in peace and friendship, Shimon Peres personified dignity and grace in a region of the world where both run far too short,” Trump said, in a statement issued by his campaign.

“Melania and I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Shimon Peres on the passing of their beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”

Democratic candidate Clinton described Peres as a “lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end.” Israel, she added, “has lost a leader who championed its security, prosperity and limitless possibilities from its birth to his last day on earth.”

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